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Old Saturday 12th January 2013, 13:51   #51
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Presumably without phase correction coatings so a slightly soft image. That is speculation as I have not tried them. I note that they do not have the same construction as the non Olympics model, so they are not the same, and might be inferior. That is a guess.
They are identical except for the colour of the bridge and the logo.
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Old Saturday 12th January 2013, 14:06   #52
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The 10 x 25 Nikon Olympic I tried yesterday in cloudy conditions.
The performance is good, say middle quality.
Some pincushion near the edge, perfect collimation this sample, edge a bit soft, wide field not yet measured, some multicoated surfaces some uncoated, weight average.
I don't like the angled look at the front, but that's just me.
The left hinge correct stiffness, the right hinge a bit loose on this sample.

The great point if as advertised is that it is waterproof so should have good resistance to fungus in humid conditions, so should last.

Similar in performance to an old double hinged 10 x 25 Minolta.

The Docter 10 x 25 is better.

I personally don't like the logo, never have, may cover it in artificial leather.

Certainly worth 30.

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Old Saturday 12th January 2013, 14:47   #53
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They are identical except for the colour of the bridge and the logo.
Hello Pete

Here is the standard one:

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-n...fw_ktaodftwayw

As you can see the design is quite different.
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Old Saturday 12th January 2013, 19:34   #54
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Hello Pete

Here is the standard one:

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-n...fw_ktaodftwayw

As you can see the design is quite different.
Maybe that's an older model Leif.
http://www.europe-nikon.com/en_GB/pr...=l3&ID=5692981

I think Binastro's review suggests about what you expected.
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Old Saturday 12th January 2013, 19:59   #55
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BTW thanks to admin for changing the thread title.

I mentioned on another thread about Focalpoint having advertised a used Zeiss 10x40 B T* P* (did P* versions exist without G?) advertised at a low price. Could be a Whitby cod for someone (battered classic).
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Old Saturday 12th January 2013, 20:19   #56
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Maybe that's an older model Leif.
http://www.europe-nikon.com/en_GB/pr...=l3&ID=5692981

I think Binastro's review suggests about what you expected.
Thanks, yes maybe the other one is an old model, Pete is correct that the Olympic one is the same as the one on the Nikon web site.
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Old Saturday 12th January 2013, 22:30   #57
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Do Wexphotographic still sponsor Birdforum? Well anyways should mention they're also doing the sub 30 deal on the Nikon compacts.

Carmarthen Cameras have what seem to be good deals on a used Nikon EDG 10x42 and used Nikon ED50 scope with 13-40x zoom EP
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Been cloudy for weeks but last night tried the 10 x 25 Olympic Nikon EX on Saturn and the elongated shape was nicely shown and as good as in the 10 x 25 Docter.

The crescent Moon and earthshine were tonight equally well seen in both binoculars.

The field of the Nikon is wide and star images are good.
Very little evidence of ghosting or flaring.

In fact a surprisingly very good optical performer with a wide field.

The only real improvement would be to have more surfaces multicoated rather than uncoated.
Maybe this is a good sample or they are usually this good.
I tried the Docter on a high flying aircraft and the view was beautiful, very contrasty, very colourful but did not have the Nikon to compare.
This Nikon special is very good, at least this sample, and maybe wider field than top makes?
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In the Park Cameras clearance section there are a few Nikon binos and scopes, but the one that caught my eye was an EDG 7x42 at 1199.99.
http://www.parkcameras.com/article/30/Clearance.html

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Old Wednesday 16th January 2013, 21:42   #60
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In addition to typo's post above, the demo section of Sherwoods has had some updates recently. Lots of goodies there.

Noticed some used classics appeared today in the lcegroup used section, all in Colchester (maybe a collection?). A couple gone already. Someone has a few bob.
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Old Thursday 17th January 2013, 11:24   #62
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Ffordes have a Zeiss 7x42 Classic, and its a snip at 999
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Old Thursday 17th January 2013, 14:12   #63
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Not sure who 's got what cash. Looks like whoever reserved the Night Owl has had second thoughts. Bet the Swarovski EL offer won't last long.
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Ffordes have a Zeiss 7x42 Classic, and its a snip at 999
I think I recall the final new stocks of those were 599 back whenever. I thought it a bit steep at the time but I think if I had one in such nice condition now I'd expect to get that much back and maybe more. Agree the Ffordes price seems more appropriate for a wealthy collector from far East maybe But let's see.

Just seen there's a small mark reported on the objective of the LCE Swarovski; that always puts folks off.

Edit : Just noticed Ffordes have put up the price of their other Zeiss 7x42 BGAT. Just been reminded re. the offer I posted above of a Zeiss Victory 8x20. Ffordes didn't manage to sell it until they increased the price by 120.

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Old Sunday 20th January 2013, 16:00   #65
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Sherwoods have several ex demo bins. Among them is a nice porro, the SRGA8x32 at 115.
I've considered buying it, but as I have one, this might be OTT.

http://www.sherwoods-photo.com/ex_de...emo_optics.htm

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For 7x fans Scopesnskies have a Bresser Montana 7x42 in their bargain section. It looks like the Bushnell Discoverer 7x42 (among many others under brands Meade, Opticron). Nice rugged model but heavy.

The Eschenbach Regatta 8x42B looks like a good candidate for a movie props department.
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On the Viking Optical web site some offers. Viking 8x42 and 10x42 ED S down in price again. I think I recall the S version means somewhat reduced accessories (eg. case) for reduced price first offered at Birdfair?
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Old Thursday 31st January 2013, 22:15   #68
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AFAIK the S version was an addition to the range for sales exclusively through Amazon - said products are now showing as not available on that platform though?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...&psc=1&s=photo
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AFAIK the S version was an addition to the range for sales exclusively through Amazon - said products are now showing as not available on that platform though?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...&psc=1&s=photo
Pete, here's the link to the Viking Optical website :
http://www.vikingopticalcentres.co.uk/
I'm pretty sure Sherwoods (and maybe others) sold an S or SP version too which was substanitally cheaper and claimed to only differ with the accessories provided.

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Pete, here's the link to the Viking Optical website :
http://www.vikingopticalcentres.co.uk/
I'm pretty sure Sherwoods (and maybe others) sold an S or SP version too which was substanitally cheaper and claimed to only differ with the accessories provided.
The 8x42 is an excellent buy at that price providing you get one with a stiff hinge and are happy with the ergonomics. I wasn't so impressed with the 10x model when I've tried these out at Minsmere. The versions there originally retailed at 549 I think I'm right in saying.
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Got as far as Ca... :

Carmarthen Cameras have a few binoculars in sale including full-size Hawke Frontier EDs
Canterbury Camera Centre have a used Nikon EDG 7x42
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Heads up!

Harrison's Cameras of Sheffield have a secondhand perfect black 8x42 FL for sale at 795.

Its pre-Lotutec but its got updated eyecups and is in 5 Star condition.


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Used Swarovski 10x40 Habicht serial number 140XXX at ffordes.
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Not sure this is the right thread as there is no thread for 'scope deals, but there is a used Questar at Cley Spy for what seems to be an extraordinary price. No idea how this compare with the current top tier scopes, but I remember when they came out they were pretty much as good as it gets...
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HT 10x42

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Carl-Zeiss...item4ac1b51acd
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